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On My Own in DC - 10/4/2021

Today while Sarah worked from home in her apartment, I rode the Metro into downtown Washington to explore on my own.


I got off the subway at Union Station and right across the street was the National Postal Museum.


National Postal Museum

National Postal Museum

The in-depth exhibits were much more interesting than you might think.  They explore the evolution of the postal system, electronic sorting, creation of free home delivery, criminal investigations, among many others.  The National Stamp Salon is an impressive collection that I spent extra time exploring.  Throughout the museum I saw three blue collection boxes, that together formed an interesting thought with me; a damaged box from New York City on September 11th, a box impaled with a shard of wood from a tornado in Greensburg, Kansas and the box from Trenton, New Jersey used to mail letters in the 2001 anthrax attacks.  I spent two and a half hours exploring the museum and was impressed with it all.


Next, I walked south and crossed over the Mall in front of the U.S. Capitol Building to the United States Botanic Garden.


The garden is the oldest continually-operating botanic garden in the United States.  It is bisected by Independence Avenue and the garden also includes Bartholdi Park and the First Ladies Water Garden.


United States Botanic Garden

United States Botanic Garden

United States Botanic Garden

I spent about 45 minutes walking throughout the garden, talking pictures and sitting and relaxing.


I crossed over the National Mall once again and toured the National Gallery of Art.


National Gallery of Art

Monet

Monet


I've been to the gallery several times, and I still find a ton of new art each time.  This was especially true today, as I also explored an entirely new building, the East Building.  After touring the parts of the main building, I made my way through the underground connector beneath Fourth Street to the East Building.  In this area is the collection's modern artwork.


Picasso

Picasso


Warhol

Warhol


Lichtenstein

Lichtenstein


Pollock

Pollock


Ather nearly two hours, it was about time to head back to Sarah's apartment.


It was a great day of relaxing and sightseeing on my own in our nation's capital.


Tomorrow Sarah and I will be driving to Baltimore to tour Fort McHenry and to Philadelphia to see stand-up comedian, John Mulaney.


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